It’s common knowledge that Ajay Bijli, Chairman and MD, PVR Limited, is a man of many parts. But who knew he’s a talented musician too! Ajay Bijli has launched his own band, Random Order, and unveiled his first music video – ’Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me’ (Cover Version by the band Random Order). The song pays tribute to doctors and the medical fraternity who had put themselves at risk to battle the pandemic and save lives. The original song was written by the great song lyricist, Bernie Taupin, and sung by the even greater George Michael & Elton John. Released in 1974, it reached Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic and is one of the world’s most popular, iconic numbers.
Ajay Bijli, lead vocalist of ‘Random Order, said, “Music is my passion and I take professional coaching in singing. During the pandemic with my business completely shut down, I was able to maintain my composure due to the therapeutic effect of music and kept an optimistic outlook that the challenging times will pass and we will be able to come out of this soon. Music is the universal language of humanity, it lessens the pain, struggle and has the power to bring positivity.”
Being in the film exhibition business, Bijli belongs to an eco-system of prolific and gifted directors, writers, actors, and musicians. Their creative pursuits inspired him to cultivate his childhood love for singing. He decided to hone his natural ability to sing with the same passion and discipline that he devoted to his health and fitness. He engaged a personal tutor to teach him the right techniques of singing, besides enrolling for professional coaching at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and Trinity College of Music in Los Angeles. He makes it a point to do an hour’s alankar every morning, even if he is travelling, apart from singing three to four English songs daily.
The band’s name, Random Order, is apt because its members do not wish to be bound to one musical genre or period. From lush lyricism to innate musicality, the band wishes to explore a wide and rich range of genres and inject a little nostalgia to pull on their audience’s heartstrings.
Random Order as a name is in tandem with the range of genres the band explores – rock, country, pop, and cover songs. Greatly influenced by the bands from the 80’s and 90’s, from lyricism to musicality, these are some of the classic tunes that inspires the musicians of Random Order and are sure to soothe your soul.
The six-member band includes Ajay Bijli (lead vocalist), Adityan Nair (background vocals), Kabir Uppal (drums), Shashwat Pandit (lead guitarist), Gaurav Balani (bassist) and Archit Anand (keyboard).